Tag: Books: Short Stories


Books: A Batch of Mini-Reviews

Posted 25 November, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 2 Comments

Here we go, another set of mini-reviews that couldn’t possibly fit in review posts of their own xD Once again this batch of mini-reviews features mainly classics (especially from the Little Black Classics series–after oggling over them for a good chunk of the year, I finally got my hands on some of them! 🙂 ). Included in this batch of reviews are:

So without further ado…

How We Weep and Laught at the Same Thing
By: Michel de Montaigne
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy

‘No one characteristic clasps us purely and universally in its embrace.’

A selection of charming essays from a master of the genre exploring the contradictions inherent to human thought, words and actions.

I first encountered Michel de Montaigne in my first year of undergrad. We had to read a selection of essays for World Literature class and absolutely fell in love with his stuff; he wrote about things that I often thought about, and I could totally emphasise where he was coming from with certain topics. I wish I had picked up his complete works when I was in undergrad instead of the required selected text, but whatever, every now and then I’d pick up a slim volume from Penguin Classics featuring a few of his essays. This is one of them, in which he contemplates on the nature of human thought, how we define ourselves, life, death, etc. I don’t know what else I could really say about it except that it’s worth checking out; a lot of his observations are still applicable today and to the human condition.

Rating: ★★★★★

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Review: Brave New Girls

Posted 11 September, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 6 Comments

Brave New Girls: Tales of Girls and Gadgets
Edited By: Paige Daniels
Format/Source: Review eBook courtesy of the editors/promotional team

This collection of sci-fi stories features brainy young heroines who use their smarts to save the day. Girls who fix robots and construct superhero suits, hack interstellar corporations and build virtual reality platforms. Who experiment with alien chemicals and tinker with time machines. Who defy expectations and tap into their know-how—in the depths of space, or the bounds of dystopia, or the not-too-distant future—to solve despicable crimes, talk to extraterrestrials, and take down powerful villains.

All revenues from sales of this anthology will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Let’s show the world that girls, too, can be tomorrow’s inventors, programmers, scientists, and more.

STORIES BY:

Martin Berman-Gorvine, Paige Daniels, George Ebey, Mary Fan, Kimberly G. Giarratano, Valerie Hunter, Evangeline Jennings, Stephen Kozeniewski, Jason Kucharik, Kate Lansing, Tash McAdam, Kate Moretti, Ursula Osborne, Josh Pritchett, Aimie K. Runyan, Davien Thomas, Lisa Toohey, and Leandra Wallace

With a foreword by Lara Hogan, Senior Engineering Manager at Etsy and author of Designing for Performance

Featuring artwork by Hazel Butler, Ken Dawson, Adrian DeFuria, Evelinn Enoksen, Mary Fan, Christopher Godsoe, Kayla Keeton, Jason Kucharik, Jennifer L. Lopez, Tash McAdam, and Josh Pritchett.

I learned about this anthology from Ula, book blogger of Blog of Erised (now closed). The premise of what this anthology was all about was interesting, and what’s also really cool about this collection is that all revenues from sales will be donated a scholarship fund through the Society of Women Engineers. Had I been more patient with math and physics growing up, I would’ve stuck through with astronomy, but anyway the focus of this book is really cool. I was provided a review copy of this collection in exchange for an honest review. This book was published on 2 June 2015.

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Review: Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical

Posted 5 August, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical
By: Robert Shearman
Format/Source: Paperback; my purchase

The first love song in the world, as composed by a pig in the Garden of Eden.

The Devil, alarmed when his hobby of writing romantic fiction begins to upstage his day job.

A man finding love with someone who has an allergy to his happiness.

Another losing love altogther when his wife gives him back his heart in a Tupperware box.

By turns macabre and moving, horrific and laugh-out-loud funny, Robert Shearman’s short stories come from a place just to the left of the corner of your eye. Following his World Fantasy Award-winning Tiny Deaths, this new collection puts a bizarre twist on the love story. What is love, why does it hurt so much, and how is it we keep coming back for more? Sometimes poignant, sometimes cruel – but always as startling and fresh as Shearman’s fans have come to expect.

Book cover image found from Big Finish. My copy has a slightly different typography

A bit hard to tell with the way my book reviews have been scheduled these last few months but a) I’m on a bit of a roll with the short stories collections lately; I find them very easy to turn to when you’re busy studying for exams (supposedly) 😛 and b) this is the second collection by Robert Shearman I’ve read in the span of a month. I’ve read his later books Remember Why You Fear Me (review) and They Do the Same Things Different There (review) and loved them both. Slowly but surely I am tracking down his earlier collections now and checking them out 😉

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Review: They Do The Same Things Different There

Posted 27 July, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 4 Comments

They Do the Same Things Different There
By: Robert Shearman
Format/Source: eBook; my purchase

Robert Shearman visits worlds that are unsettling and strange. Sometimes they are just like ours – except landlocked countries may disappear overnight, marriages to camels are the norm, and the dead turn into musical instruments. Sometimes they are quite alien – where children carve their own tongues from trees, and magic shows are performed to amuse the troops in the war between demons and angels. There is horror, and dreams fulfilled and squandered, and of true love. They do the same things different there.

I was introduced to Robert Shearman’s fiction a few years ago when I read and reviewed Remember Why You Fear Me (review). I really enjoyed it and had been meaning to check out more of his writings since. So yeah, I was pretty excited when I learned that this collection was released 🙂

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Review: Tide of Shadows and Other Stories

Posted 24 June, 2015 by Lianne in Books / 0 Comments

Tide of Shadows and Other Stories
By: Aidan Moher
Format/Source: eBook review copy courtesy of the author

From Aidan Moher—Hugo Award-winning editor of A Dribble of Ink—comes Tide of Shadows and Other Stories, a collection of five science fiction and fantasy stories spanning adventure, comic whimsy, and powerful drama—from a star-faring military science fiction tale of love and sacrifice, to a romp through the dragon-infested Kingdom of Copperkettle Vale.

“A Night for Spirits and Snowflakes” is the story of a young man reliving the last moments of his fellow soldiers’ lives; “The Girl with Wings of Iron and Down” tells the tale of a broken family and a girl with mechanical wings; “Of Parnassus and Princes, Damsels and Dragons” introduces a typical prince, princess, and dragon—and a not-so-typical love triangle; “The Colour of the Sky on the Day the World Ended” follows a girl and her ghost dog as they search for a bright light in the darkness; and “Tide of Shadows” is about a soldier and his lover, a mother, and planetwide genocide.

I’ve been a reader of Aidan Moher’s blog, A Dribble of Ink, for many years now; it’s certainly one of the places I go to when it comes to finding out about what’s up and coming in the fantasy & sci-fi genre, but it also features plenty of great articles about the genre (not to mention his commentary on book covers are on point). I was pleasantly surprised to read then on his blog that he had decided to self-publish a few of his short stories, which is not only really cool but for aspiring writers (*ahem*myself*ahem*) is also quite inspirational (see his article about his decision to self-publish here at Medium). The collection was released on 4 May 2015.

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